OneCare Epic Initiative
The installation of the Epic clinical information platform is one of the largest investments ever made by Franciscan Health System. The project kicked off in May 2012 with targeted launch dates for clinics and hospitals starting in late April of 2013.
The roll-out of the Epic system will be completed on a relatively short timeframe. Between now and the launch, Epic Director Shannan Epps-Henry will guide the review, build and test of the product with assistance from the Steering Committee and Core Team. Additionally, two physician champions on our Medical Staff will help garner and implement clinical feedback to the system: Dean Field, MD on the ambulatory side and Barry Weled, MD for the inpatient component.
The Epic product
Franciscan has chosen Epic’s Enterprise Model System, a prebuilt product that’s based on more than 30 years of experience building, designing and implementing applications in integrated health care systems across the country. This model prototype takes the best of each customer’s experience to provide a refined tool that allows for a quicker implementation timeline, while still allowing us to tailor the system to align with our unique needs.
Epic is much more than an efficient way to store and easily access patient information. It’s a workflow-driven, integrated system of care that includes all aspects of the billing and revenue cycle; thus, we will need to change the way we provide care to adapt to the standard workflow of that system. While this may produce a steep learning curve for clinicians during the early stages of implementation, it will ultimately produce a more seamless experience for our patients and enhance safety by providing pertinent clinical information when it matters most – at the point of care.
The ongoing process of optimization
The five stages of Epic deployment include Design, Build, Test, Activate and Optimize. It is important to note that the final stage in the equation – optimization – will continue long after the initial implementation of the system is complete. The Epic system will require constant refinement from our core leadership team as well as physicians and providers.